What happens during a skin cancer screening visit?

Full body exam. Docotor will examine face, neck, trunk and extremities lookin off any suspicious lesions. If necessary the dermatologist will also examine lymph nodes, inside of mouth. Suspicious lesions if any will be biopsied. A follow up examination will be scheduled depending on findings and skin cancer, and family history.
It depends. Like any physical exam, an overall exam is done but attention is given to the area in question. Skin is no exception, and an exam is done when there is a complaint of a lesion or area that looks abnormal. This is examined, biopsied, and read in a lab. Sometimes it can be treated/removed, and sent to a lab in the same visit. Check-ups/follow-ups are also done.
Exam +/- biopsy. You will receive a full body examination. Treatment in the form of liquid nitrogen or other options may be recommended. Also biopsies of any concerning lesions may be performed under local anesthesia. Liquid nitrogen treatments are a bit uncomfortable, but but that should be the worse part.

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Could you tell me what happens during a skin cancer screening?

The Skin Check. Some dermatologists insist that every patient completely disrobe and some do not. I have my patients undress as much as they are comfortable and then get into a gown. We try to protect your modesty as much as possible. A history is collected and i ask about any spots you have concerns about. You are then looked over from head to toe. I use a dermatoscope for lesions analysis. Read more...

Does washing your hands 30 times during the day cause cancer? Also does leaning over your computer screen cause skin cancer?

No to both. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Read more...

I want to get a skin cancer screening but don't have insurance. What should I do?

Pay. Out of pocket. Most doctors also take cash for their services and don't necessarily rely on insurance for payment. Read more...
Out of pocket. You would need to pay for it out of pocket. Call around to local dermatologist and ask if they have any kind of flat fee for a skin exam or discount for patients paying cash. Read more...
Out of pocket. You should check with your friendly dermatologist about cash prices for skin examinations. Read more...

Can photography or computer imaging be used for skin cancer screening?

Not necessary. You could send a photo to your md if you can't come into the office for an evaluation, but for now a face to face examination of your skin is better than any other technique currently available. Read more...
Yes. I frequently use this in my own clinic. There are some commercially available packages for this. Read more...
Yes. There are several on-line services that will give you and estimate as to whether a picture of your skin lesion is malignant. Read more...

Had new derm perform a thorough skin cancer screening. He didn't use a dermoscope but a magnifier with light. Is this tool equally appropriate? Normal results using it.

I think so. thats enough for an experienced Doctor, to differentiate benign from suspicious lesions. Read more...
Experience counts. Ultimately a biopsy is required to establish a definitive diagnosis but experience and s trained eye counts for a lot. A dermascope is useful in the evaluation of pigmented skin lesions suspicious for cancer as is the use of scans and follow up. Read more...
Dermoscopy. yes that is fine, he knows what he is doing, dermoscopes are good but not necessary. Read more...
Skin. if a Dermatologist told you that you are skin cancer free then he is correct, he would have used the dermascope if he felt that there was an area of concern. So relax and enjoy life. Read more...